03.03.13 Your Morning Buzz

Political Cartoons by Larry Wright 

Welcome Newest Member: 

Corporate Member: Ben PatinkinPresident,  Patinkin Research Strategies

Ben Patinkin, founder and President of Patinkin Research Strategies, has over a decade of experience providing research and strategic consulting for Democratic candidates, labor unions, conservation groups, issue advocacy campaigns and corporations. A graduate of the Riva Training Institute, he’s conducted scores of focus groups and hundreds of polls across the country working to advance progressive causes and candidates.

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March 7: Tiffany Couch, Financial Investigation and Forensic Accounting

April 11: Greg Baker, Damascus City Manager

April 17: K.L. Wombacher, Hillsboro Hops General Manager

October 4: ELGL Annual Conference at the Kennedy School

The High Five

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

  1. 5 False Assumptions Political Pundits Make All the Time – From voter polarization to campaign ads, a political scientist calls out the mistaken notions commonly perpetuated by election commentators.

  2. Budget Spat Swamps Agenda – Spending cuts began, clearing the way for budget battles that will consume much of Congress’s energy and threaten to eclipse other items on Obama’s agenda.

  3. Furloughs in personnel-heavy agencies could affect public services – This much is clear about the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in Friday: Not all federal agencies are created equal.Those with the heaviest personnel costs are most likely to start furloughing workers a month from now. They’re the employees on the government’s front lines, serving the public at airports, national parks, on the border.

  4. Why Isn’t the U.S. Better at Public-Private Partnerships? Few states have offices dedicated to examining increasingly popular P3 deals. Experts say it’s time to copy Canada and change that.

  5. ‘Oh. Is that part of the deal?’ As sequestration dawned at a tiny Kansas airport, reaction ranged from concern to a kind of defiant joy that the $85B in budget cuts had arrived. But now the airport will lose its air traffic controllers.


I’m Just a Bill

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

What’s coming up at the Legislature this week

Senate to vote on Columbia River bridge

Study: PERS employees get better benefits, cheaper

Despite minority status, Oregon GOP legislators gain clout on tax, pension, crime issues

A third Vic Atiyeh term for Oregon governor, anyone?

CRC: Sacrifices real solution for sake of light rail

Sen. Bruce Starr: Save-before-you-spend rainy day fund

Email from Wash. rep. drawing ire from NW bike community

Wong: State budget co-chair points to gloomy trends


The Fiscal Cliff

6 State and Local Questions About Sequestration

Sequester arrives as Congress heads for exit

Congress abandons efforts to avert cuts

When does the sequester actually start?

Sequestration Is On Us… Until We Demand REAL Change

Crime up in Grants Pass since budget cuts

Unintended results of sequestration spending cuts

Sequester cuts would have serious effects locally


Outside Portlandia

March 1, 2013

Union Gap names city manager finalists

Mirror Pond survey results: Split or middle ground?

Danny Westneat: Court losses nothing new for Tim Eyman

The Career Center

The ELGL Resume Book…It’s Back – ELGL is now accepting entries for the 2nd edition of the Resume Book. We encourage all ELGL members to submit a resume whether you are employed or you are looking for employment. Non-ELGL members can also submit a resume but members will receive priority placement in the book.

The Tyranny of the Queen Bee – Women who reached positions of power were supposed to be mentors to those who followed, writes Peggy Drexler—but something is amiss in the professional sisterhood.

Six Powerful Ways to Stand Out at Work – Great employees spend the majority of their time helping other people succeed: Their company, their employees, their customers and vendors and suppliers… the list goes on and on.


A Call to Action

March 2, 2013

VOTE: Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite Selection – The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge is a competition designed to inspire America’s mayors to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life.

Planning Commission Vacancies – Clackamas County to fill two openings on planning commission; applications due March 25.

Citizen groups meet in Clackamas County March 11-12 to review priorities for transportation projects; public welcome to attend – In five meetings scheduled for mid-March, citizens working on the Clackamas County Transportation System Plan (TSP) update will come together to review and discuss priorities for future transportation projects in unincorporated Clackamas County.


The World Wide Web

Facebook Is Teasing a Big Update to One of Its Biggest Products – After starting a rollout of its new search engine on Facebook, Graph Search, the company is now teasing an event next Thursday that looks like a big update to the News Feed.

Check Out The Secret Sauce Behind The Google Doodle – Google will give students a behind-the-scenes look at its Google Doodle team on Friday.

Artist Embarks on Quest to Photograph All 788 of His Facebook Friends – Connecticut artist Ty Morin, however, is on a quest to make his friend list come to life. He plans to track down all 788 of his Facebook friends in person, one by one, then photograph each person doing something meaningful to them.

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